Editorials, political commentary, essays, position papers, and similar items. Opinions reflect those of the writer only and not necessarily of the staff or management of SCAtoday.net.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-10-17 19:17
In the blog Cabinet of Wonders, Heather McDougal compares the free discussion of bloggers to the dissemination of information after the creation of the printing press.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-06-18 19:49
On the military history blog Wapenshaw, there is a discussion of the "myth of the longbow," the belief that swords and armor were the stuff of knights while a bow was the weapon of the peasant.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-05-13 19:14
Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire defends classical education in an article for Britain's The Guardian. Holland feels the study of the Greeks and Romans is necessary to understand modern democracy.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Tue, 2007-05-08 19:11
"Staging Wagner’s 'Tristan und Isolde' is a notoriously treacherous proposition," begins Matthew Gurewitsch, as he examines many different versions of the story which have appeared on stage.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-03-26 15:16
Siegfried Sebastian Faust, a first-time attendee at Gulf Wars XVI, has posted a review of the event on the Atlantia list, touching especially on how the war compares to Pennsic.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2007-02-01 08:45
Inspired by Asrune's post on a Celtic music forum, Lady Fionnghuala na Lamh-Bann, of the East Kingdom, set out to find "the most overplayed/ oversung songs that you hear CONSTANTLY around the SCA campfires", and surveyed the populace at large to find out which songs made the most people cringe in horror.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-01-26 13:08
Cambridge Classics professor Mary Beard discusses the importance of the study of classical languages in an essay for the Guardian.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-12-28 14:20
In an editorial for the Kutztown University Keystone, journalism student Nate Carrick ponders what makes human beings turn to fantasy as an escape after a visit to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
Submitted by Folo Watkins on Tue, 2006-12-05 12:12
Folo Watkins, from the Middle Kingdom, participates in the SCA and other living history groups. He reviews Opening Doors to Great Guest Experiences, an instructional video aimed at helping museums create better exhibits and public demonstrations, and finds that it would also benefit living history organizations.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-11-01 13:21
An entertaining new essay by Allan Massie explores the continuing fascination of Rome for fiction writers and moviemakers -- and their audiences.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Wed, 2006-05-03 09:18
"On the day that we are all invited to join in a worldwide Hobbitfest, two contrasting views of The Lord of the Rings: is it a masterpiece of imaginative fiction, or a faux medieval dirge?"
Submitted by Justin on Sat, 2006-04-01 14:57
There are those in our beloved Society who believe that the use of computers and the Internet, however convenient, somehow contaminates our historical accuracy. Some of these naysayers, to be sure, are rogues and scoundrels of the most common sort, yet others are of noble and virtuous demeanor and are merely misguided in their thinking.
Submitted by nicolaa on Fri, 2006-03-31 11:01
Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, who has researched the nursery rhyme's controversial origins for Tournaments Illuminated, offers a rebuttal of a web article linked from SCAtoday.net recently.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2005-09-28 11:52
In an article for the Renaissance Store (Chivalry Sports), Mistress Ælfled of Duckford (Sandra Dodd) discusses "What Makes Normally Sane Adults Love the SCA So Much?"
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2005-09-27 12:15
Baron Pavel, from Grimfells in the Kingdom of Calontir, relates how he spent a day helping with hurricane relief by volunteering at a distribution warehouse.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2005-03-08 10:00
In his blog, teacher and Asianist Jonathan Dresner discusses the myth of Marco Polo, whether or not he really made it to China, and where to go to get the facts.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2005-02-14 17:31
Natalie Bennett reviews Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C. - A.D. 250, a new book by John R. Clarke that looks at sexuality and gender issues in Roman society.
Submitted by Sorcha on Sat, 2005-02-05 17:38
Lady Sorcha attended the Barony of Cleftlands' signature event, "A Regular Event in the Cleftlands", and brings us her report of the day's festivities.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2004-11-21 14:20
University of New York at Buffalo geophysicist Gregory S. Baker believes laptops may be more effective tools for archeologists than picks and trowels.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2004-11-17 11:54
How many of us medieval enthusiasts owe our fascination with the Middle Ages to role-playing fantasy games played as a child? Peter Bebergal, writing for the Boston Globe, celebrates D&D's 30 year anniversary.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2004-09-20 12:48
Adam Gopnik, Critic at Large for the New Yorker, offers his opinion on why Shakepeare remains "the necessary poet".
Submitted by Karen on Sat, 2004-08-28 12:12
Tech columnist Glenn Harlan Reynolds suggests that re-enactors, including SCA members, have an interest in older technology.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2004-07-14 11:42
National Public Radio's Bob Mondello found the new film King Arthur lacking in charm.
Submitted by Olyane on Wed, 2004-06-23 22:44
A brief review of a newly-released scholarly publication on Tolkien's mythology.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2003-02-26 18:01
The Masque of Courtly Love VII: "Mystery at the Masque," the Marche of Alderford's annual winter event was held February 15, 2003. The photo album is now online.